The Nigeria Football Federation has reacted to an article on a sports website claiming that the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has rejected the nomination of NFF President Amaju Pinnick for a seat on the FIFA Council (formerly known as FIFA Executive Committee).
According to the NFF General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, at no time did the NFF president, Amaju Pinick – CAF Organizing Committee for the Africa Cup of Nations – fill any form to be considered for CAF nomination by the FIFA Council.
“Although the truth is that Nigeria is big enough as a country to be on the FIFA Council, I want to say, without any fear of contradiction, that at no time did the NFF President, Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick, fill any form for CAF to consider him for nomination.
“It is not an illegitimate ambition for a Nigerian to aspire to be in the FIFA Council. In future, perhaps, Pinnick or any other worthy Nigerian who is able to receive the support of the government will approach CAF to be nominated to the council.” Also, Sanusi called on “some sections” of the media to cross-check their facts before going public with fallacies.
“This administration has always harped on the fact that it does not abhor criticisms. What we are against is sheer falsehood made to look like facts. As it is said in the media, “facts are sacred and comments are free.” It is important to separate facts from opinion.”